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Vitamin K

Named for the German word for clotting - "koagulation" - vitamin K is responsible for enabling your blood to clot, ensuring you don't bleed out from a paper cut or cat scratch.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: August 9, 2016

Overview

Named for the German word for clotting—"koagulation"—vitamin K is responsible for enabling your blood to clot, ensuring you don't bleed out from a paper cut or cat scratch.

Vitamin K also teams up with vitamin D and calcium to strengthen your bones. Because vitamin K is fat soluble, be sure to consume this nutrient at the same time as a (healthy) fat. This will aid with its absorption.

How much you should have: Aim for 90 to 120 micrograms daily—that means a cup of spinach or a small amount of kale. If you're not getting enough vitamin K from food, try taking a 100 mcg supplement daily.

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